'I entertained him sexually,' Zulu prince's murder accused tells court

03 December 2020 - 14:43 By nomahlubi sonjica
A witness said King Goodwill Zwelithini's eldest son, Prince Lethukuthula Zulu, invited a group of people celebrating a birthday back to his home. This is where they allegedly killed Zulu.
A witness said King Goodwill Zwelithini's eldest son, Prince Lethukuthula Zulu, invited a group of people celebrating a birthday back to his home. This is where they allegedly killed Zulu.
Image: KZN Provincial Government via Twitter

One of the five people arrested in connection with the murder of Prince Lethukuthula Zulu told the Randburg magistrate's court on Thursday that she had entertained him sexually on the night of his death.

The 50-year-old eldest son of King Goodwill Zwelithini was found dead by security guards at his home at a Northwold residential complex in Johannesburg on November 6.

Tshefogatso Moremane, 30, Margaret Koaile, 42, Portia Mmola, 28, Gontse Tlhoele, 30, and Dakalo Mbedzi, 32, are accused of being involved in the murder.

During their bail applications on Thursday, Moremane said in an affidavit read to court by her lawyer that she and friends met Zulu at a News Cafe restaurant in Randburg.

She was celebrating her birthday and while they were drinking, a waiter sent beers to their table. Moremane said the beer was sent by Zulu, who was in the company of another man.

“I went to join them at the bar. The deceased asked what the occasion was. I told him it was my birthday,” read the affidavit.

When they finished drinking, Moremane said Zulu suggested they go to his place to “finish off” the celebrations.

“We all got into one car and went to the deceased's place. There was no electricity at the deceased's place. We went to the shop. I entertained the deceased sexually. We went to the bedroom.

“The deceased went to the bathroom a lot and he came back with a white powder around his mouth. I suspected he was sniffing drugs as I did not see him doing them. I also noticed that the deceased was asthmatic. I saw an asthma pump.”

Moremane said she had two minor children and intended pleading not guilty. “I strongly believe the court will find me not guilty as I have not committed an offence,” she said.

The court previously heard that the accused were part of a syndicate that allegedly drugged and robbed their victims. They have been linked to cases in Benoni and Pretoria.

They allegedly stole a microwave, television sets and cash with a combined value of R30,000 from Zulu's apartment.

The bail applications continue.

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